National Spa Week UK runs between Monday 31st October until Friday 4th November. This annual event celebrates Spas and Salons by putting them in the media and public spotlights and gives them a wonderful opportunity to shout about all the incredible benefits of regular Spa visits and treatments.
The use of Spas date as far back as Classical times where bathing in hot and cold water was considered the remedy for a lot of ailments. People would travel far and wide to find the healing water of natural springs. The Ancient Greeks created public baths for their people to relax and cleanse. It was believed that the water used for bathing was blessed by the Gods and therefore pure and could cure health issues. Dedicated healing baths were created and minerals, salts and herbal infusions were used to draw toxins from the body, stimulate circulation and aid relaxation. The Romans followed suit and built bigger and more extravagant baths all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa. These Roman Baths offered the first form of healing ritual which would include bathing, sweating, massage and relaxation. Much the same structure as modern Spas enjoy today.
21st Century Spas still take inspiration from the Ancient Greeks and Romans often incorporating hot and cold experiences into the Spa. Guests can enjoy many wonderful and innovative facilities including thalassotherapy pools, steam rooms, saunas, plunge pools, ice caves and tepedariums to name a few. In addition treatments have expanded well beyond the traditional massage and includes facials, body scrubs, wraps, manicures, pedicures, waxing and many pampering, relaxing and indulging rituals.
Massage still features as one of the most popular treatments and the benefits are now scientifically proven to be effective. Studies continue to prove the emotional and physical impact that massage can have on the body and mind. These include improvements to the immune system, acceleration of the recovery process following an injury, reversal of respiratory and circulation issues and relaxation of tense muscles. These are just a few of the known benefits of massage and demonstrates why this ancient healing remedy is still very much valued today.
It's surprising therefore that only 8% of the UK population are known to visit Spas regularly. This is probably because this investment in our physical and mental wellbeing is is often considered an extravagance. Our ancestors treated a Spa visit as a necessity for their health and wellbeing and we should follow their example.
During National Spa Week many Spas and Salons are offering exclusive promotions, to find your nearest participating venue visit www.spaweek.com and enter your postcode on the interactive map to see what is available in your area.
Helena Field, General Manager, UKSA